Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+1.9% (little or no change)

Most Common Level of Education

Doctoral or professional degree


What Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary Do

Teach courses in the physical sciences, except chemistry and physics. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching, and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Other Job Titles Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary May Have

Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Astronomy Professor, Atmospheric Sciences Professor, Geology Professor, Instructor, Meteorology Professor, Oceanography Professor, Professor, Research Professor

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Marine Sciences Professor ,

Orange Coast College

I teach a vareity of marine science and ecology classes so my daily tasks can be different based off of what subject I am teaching. Since I teach at the community college level, my main task every day is to figure out how to communicate the different subject areas effectively to students who are new to college or may have never had any exposure to these topics. Other daily tasks also include creating lesson plans and syllabi for my classes and grading papers.

Associate Professor, Geology & Geophysics ,

University of Utah

I get to the office and prep my lessons for an hour or two and then go on to teach class. I usually like to be done teaching by noon and use the afternoons to meet with students (mostly graduate students) to advise them. I edit and write papers for publication in journals. I also write grant proposals. I go to committee meetings and attend lectures. Additionally, I travel about every other month for research, either for conferences, field work, or collaboration.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as structural geology, micrometeorology, and atmospheric thermodynamics.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Supervise laboratory work and field work.

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